Universe a finalist in Associated Collegiate Press design competition

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The Universe's 2013 Housing Guide
The Universe’s 2013 Housing GuideThe Associated Collegiate Press organization has announced that The Universe and its design team are finalists in its 2013 Design of the Year competition.

The Associated Collegiate Press has announced The Universe at BYU is a finalist in two categories of its 2013 Design of the Year awards.

Universe graphic artists and designers Jennifer Cardenas, James Gardner, Brad Davis and Brett Bertola are finalists in the Infographic category for a two-page spread titled “58 new missions bring worldwide total to 405” published in the Feb. 26 print edition of The Universe.

The Universe’s special sections staff is recognized as a finalist in the Newsmagazine/Special Section Cover category for creative work on the cover of The Universe’s 2013 Housing Guide. The student staff included James Gardner, Brad Davis, Brett Bertola, David Bowman, Tom Busath, Brittania Busby, Miranda Facer, Sara Lutz, Kelly Orgill and Macie Bayer.

The 2013 Housing Guide cover features a photograph of a miniature tree house that sets the design theme for the rest of the printed section. Interior photos show detailed miniatures within the tree house. The staff designed, built and photographed all of the miniatures used in the guide.

“Judges selected finalists based on the effective use of photos, color, art, graphics and typography; established visual hierarchy … and suitability for respective audience,” the Associated Collegiate Press said in a news release announcing the finalists. There were more than 200 entries in advertising competition. Winners will be announced at the ACP/CMA National College Media Convention in New Orleans Oct. 26.

The Universe, BYU’s laboratory news organization built on the legacy of The Daily Universe newspaper, has a weekly print publication as well as online and mobile news products. More than 50 students working as reporters as part of coursework in BYU’s Communications Department are joined by a paid staff of as many as 20 student editors, photographers, designers, ad sales representatives and business office staff, all of whom are in jobs related to their academic pursuits.

“We have marketing, public relations, advertising and illustration students all working together,” said Warren Bingham, The Universe’s full-time manager of design and production. The design concepts and layout for the Housing Guide all came from the student staff. The special sections staff also produces a Bridal Guide and will soon debut The Universe’s Dating Guide.

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